UpdatedNew phones from Samsung, LG and others could be in trouble thanks to alleged issues with Qualcomm's next Snapdragon chip.
IBM continues to push the limits of chip technology, despite rumors that it plans to sell its chip-making business unit.
If true, GlobalFoundries acquires a business that loses IBM more than $1.5 billion (£900 million, $1.70 billion) annually.
Intel revealed its latest research at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.
IBM is reportedly looking for buyers for its semiconductor business as it moves towards software and services.
The 192-core K1 processor outpaces Apple's A7 and Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips in the first-ever benchmarks.